Department of Anthropology College of Arts & Sciences

What is anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humankind, a multidisciplinary endeavor involving the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Anthropologists study the human species and the human condition in all its diversity. Anthropologists ask questions such as: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? Why are we different from each other? What do all humans share in common? And, how can we better understand each other?

Anthropology students might study, for example, our distant human ancestors from the African plains, historic military forts in the Mesilla Valley, Native American languages, prehistoric and modern cultures of the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, or contemporary issues in applied anthropology.

To learn more about the potential of anthropology as a major, see This is Anthropology.

Anthropology Club

Undergraduates at NMSU can earn a:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology, Archaeology, Native American Studies, Religious Studies, or Sustainable Development

Graduate students at NMSU can earn a:

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Graduate minor in Archaeology, Food Studies, or Native American Studies
  • Graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • Graduate certificate in Museum Studies

Contact Us!

Polly Pérez, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: pollyana@nmsu.edu
Phone: 575-646-2725
Department Main Office/Office Hours: Breland 331, M-F 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm (closed 12-1 pm for lunch)

Rani Alexander, Department Head
E-mail: raalexan@nmsu.edu
Phone: 575-646-5809
Office/Office Hours: Breland 316, M-F 8 am-12 pm
Telework Hours (during campus closures): M-F 8 am-5 pm

Mailing Address
Department of Anthropology
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
MSC 3BV
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001